Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has attributed the success of his administration on privatisation programme when he was President to the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai .
Obasanjo in a congratulatory message which was signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi lauded El-Rufal as he marks 60th birthday on Sunday.
Obasanjo said between 1999 and 2003, El-Rufai also turned around the infrastructural and socio-economic development of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), when he was the Minister of the FCT.
El-Rufai was the first Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (PBE), established by Obasanjo when he was President during his first term between the period.
He described the governor as a Nigerian, who has demonstrated rare qualities of commitment and courage in the public service in various capacities.
Obasanjo said, “over the years, I have followed, with keen interest, your modest inspiring career as a Professional architect, community leader, administrator and politician. And I note, with special delight your demonstration of rare qualities of commitment and courage in the public service in various capacities.
“Under my watch as a democratically-elected President of Nigeria, you made a great success of our privatization programme as the Director-general of Bureau of Public Enterprises, which resulted in the liberalization of our nation’s economy and our being able to meet some of the challenges of globalization and tackling the problem of poverty in our land.
“I must also applaud the giant strides in terms of infrastructural and socio-economic development which the Federal Capital Territory FCT, recorded under your focused administration as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
” I salute the uncommon sense of duty and patriotism demonstrated by you at enhancing sanity in the physical development at the FCT.
“Without any doubt, as the incumbent governor of Kaduna State, you have contributed to the well-being of your people, especially in the implementation of populist programmes and infrastructural development in the state.
“I can only implore you not to rest on your oars and to re-double your efforts as the Chief Executive of one of the most politically restive States in the North West of the country to ensure peace, stability and security in the state until we collectively, propel our dear country to the promised land.
“I trust you will continue the good work you are doing to the glory of God and to the benefit of our people.”